KEENE, N.H. - After battling through 40 minutes of regulation and one overtime period, the Keene State women's basketball was outlasted by Saint Joseph's College, 76-71, in the consolation game of the 2017 Zero Gravity Keene State Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 0-3
- St. Joseph's: 2-1
How It Happened
Senior guard Sandi Purcell netted a game-high 21 points with four assists and three rebounds, followed by another impressive performance from freshman guard Lilly Shlimon, who pulled down nine rebounds and added 13 points. Freshman forward Abby Thut scored a career-best 12 points on six-of-eight shooting from the field and grabbed three rebounds, while freshman forward Jordyn Burke matched Shlimon with nine rebounds for the Owls.
For the Monks, Kelsi McNamara tallied a team-high 15 points with six assists and six rebounds, while Julia Quinn and Hannah Marks each registered 13 points. Brianne Maloney recorded a team-high nine rebounds and added nine points and six assists.
Keene State scored seven unanswered points to start the first, capped off by a layup by Shilmon. St. Joseph's got on the board with 6:48 to go with a layup by Marks, which ignited a 10-0 run for the Monks' first lead of the game, as a three-pointer from Quinn made it 10-7 in favor of the visitors. Shlimon answered back with a basket beyond the arc to tie the game up at 10 apiece, but back and forth play dominated the remaining minutes of the first quarter, as both teams finished knotted up at 18 at the end of one.
After a basket from sophomore guard Jasmin Mitchell kicked off the second stanza, Thut finished off a layup, before Purcell drained a three to put Keene State up 25-18 with 7:09 on the clock. McNamara responded with a basket beyond the arc for the Monks, but Purcell grabbed a defensive rebound and raced down the court for the easy layup to keep the Owls' lead at six. St. Joseph's fired back and scored nine consecutive points to take a three-point lead after Champagne converted two free throws with 3:15 remaining. Less than a minute after entering the game, junior guard Emily McPadden buried a triple to even the score at 30 all. With 53 seconds on the clock, the Monks held a on-point edge after two made free throws from Champagne, but a steal by McPadden with three seconds to go gave the Owls possession and into the hands of Purcell, who hit a buzzer beater from just after half court to give Keene State a two-point edge at the half, 35-33.
The Owls stretched their lead to four in the first 2:44 of the third quarter with a three-pointer by sophomore forward Kenzie Bennett, before five straight points from the Monks gave them a one-point advantage. Neither team was able to gain more than a three-point lead until the final two minutes of the game, where a jump shot by Thut and a three-pointer by Shlimon put Keene State up by five points as time expired in the third, 50-45.
The Owls took their largest lead of the game in the first minute of the fourth quarter off a basket beyond the arc from McPadden, but a triple from McFerran kept the Monks within striking distance. With 5:46 remaining in the fourth stanza, Purcell scored another three pointer to keep Keene State up by eight, before Marks responded with a three-pointer to cut St. Joseph's deficit back down to five. The Monks inched within three of the Owls after a steal by McFerran made way for an easy layup with 2:48 to go to make it 62-59, before Quinn converted two free throws close the gap to one. Keene State held a two-point lead with 32 seconds to go after a free throw from Purcell, which forced a timeout by St. Joseph's. The Monks came out of the time out and tied the game with a layup from Maloney in traffic to make it 63 apiece. The Owls looked to win the game in the final seconds, but a missed shot forced the two teams into extra time.
After two ties and three lead changes, Keene State earned a three-point edge at the 1:24 mark with two free throws from Mitchell and one by Purcell to push the score to 71-68, in favor of the Owls, but a free throw from Maloney and a triple from Marks completed the final lead change of the contest, as the Monks scored eight straight points to seal the win.
Inside the Box
- Keene State went 35.8 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc, while St. Joseph's shot 36.5 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from the three-point line.
- The Owls outrebounded the Monks, 47-41, and held a slight advantage in assists, 16-15.
- For her efforts during both games, Purcell was named to the All-Tournament Team, along with Payton Ouimette and Elizabeth Lane from Babson, Emily Velozo and Raegan Mulherin from Framingham State, and Julia Champagne from Saint Joseph's. Breanna LaGacy from Babson was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
- Keene State travels to Endicott for non-conference action with the Gulls on Tuesday, November 21st. Tip-off is slated for 5:00 p.m.
- Saint Joseph's will head to UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. contest.